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Special Education with The Alchemist

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This is the first Special Education episode where Special battles a producer in her game show series, and it came out in June. Sitting with producer/rapper The Alchemist, we learn that Snoop Dogg is his favorite person to work with, the toughest project to make, the longest project to create, he names Rare Chandeliers as the most fun (while also giving bonus points to Special for bringing up Lord Steppington, since he’s known Evidence for most of his life), and we get the drop that Alchemist ghost wrote a particular line for Planet Asia. Catch it all and more in this episode.

Special Education with Action Bronson

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Hey, everyone. I’m back with another Special Education episode by Special. This time, she sits with rapper Action Bronson, who takes the game show into an unexpected direction, especially when he names his mom as being his favorite person to work with and bake cakes with (side note: Special was talking about musical involvement), “supplement” being his favorite word, staring in an adult film, and more. Haha! At one point, the tallying of points gets confusing, and Special’s point system becomes words and she has “a bunch”. This episode came out in June, but you can watch it now.

Special Education with G-Eazy

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Like I said in this post, I’m playing catch-up with Special’s Special Education episodes over these next few days. Although some are a little old (several months), they’re still enjoyable to watch, full of inside information, and… it’s a game show! What’s not to like? In the episode released in May, our friend Special asks Bay Area rapper and producer G-Eazy a variety of questions to see how well she knows him. This is the first episode where she called up fans from the audience, where they would get to attend the G-Eazy show that night if they guessed correctly.

Special Education with Talib Kweli

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Since I’ve missed out on several Special Education videos since the one with Fashawn, I’m going to make each one have its own post, because they deserve such. So, allow me to play catch up, okay? If you don’t remember, or if you’re not already watching these, Special sits down with a musical guest of honor to play her unique game show. She asks the artist questions, and they’re tasked with having to pick a song or album from their own discography as their answer. Special writes down what she thinks the artist will choose, and if she guesses correctly, she gets a point (the artists can also give her points, just because, haha). It’s fun and we sometimes learn some backstory to songs.

Phoebe Ryan – “Mine” lyric video

Pop singer Phoebe Ryan (@ph0eberyan) dropped a special lyric video a couple of weeks ago for her song “Mine”. Although the song already has a music video (see here), this visual has a retro camcorder style, complete with lyrics, that follows Phoebe on stage, backstage, behind the scenes, and on the road. We see Phoebe being herself, as a silly and fun girl, and I like it! Coupled with her sweet, soft vocals and lyrics that tell a story of a healing heart and finding inner strength, this is a great song. And, if co-signs are your thing, this song got one from Taylor Swift (on Instagram), citing it as a “new song that will make your life more awesome.”

Shot by Kimi Selfridge, of Tan Camera, watch the video below and then grab her Mine EP from iTunes.

Stillborn Identity – “Slow and Steady” album

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Earlier last month, Pittsburgh-based rapper Stillborn Identity dropped a brand new album, called Slow and Steady. This album follows up his Aim High, Fall Hard album, released in 2013. In regards to the differences between the two, he said, “I guess I see Slow and Steady as my ‘blue collar’ release, where before I was writing a lot of stuff just about failed relationships, borderline substance (pretty much just booze) abuse, and stuff like that. Aim High, Fall Hard was kind of the segway album between those phases.” When talking about the title of the track, he said that it’s a reference to how long it takes him to make an EP.

Madi Diaz – “Stay Together” video

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This song by Los Angeles-based indie pop singer-songwriter Madi Diaz came out last year, but I just heard it yesterday, soooo I’m posting it! You know how we do at CrayonBeats. It’s never too late to get put onto good music. Madi Diaz has been in the music scene since she was 16, when she began composing music. In her college years, she was a band called Talk Radio, before branching off as a solo artist. She released her debut album, Skin And Bone, in 2007, followed it with a couple of EPs in 2009 and 2011, and then she released two full-length albums in 2012 (all of which can be found at iTunes).

Childish Gambino – “So Into You” (Tamia cover)

Childish Gambino recently did a live performance cover of Tamia‘s classic R&B song “So Into You“, for Triple J‘s Like A Version segment. I got goosebumps the moment he began singing, and knew that I had to share it here. I remember when that song and video originally came out, so hearing it again, after not hearing it for several years, brought a real big, happy smile to my face; especially hearing it performed so beautifully by Childish Gambino.

SOUNDCHECK: Black Honey

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I clicked play on a song by Black Honey today, called “Corrine”, and about 20 seconds in, they had me as an intrigued fan. I clicked “like” and “repost” on Soundcloud, and began my who-are-they search, so I could share them with you! Having formed in mid-2014, Black Honey is an, indie rock band from Brighton, UK, that’s led by front-woman Izzy Bee Phillips, along with 3 cool dudes rocking out on the instruments, named Christ Ostler, Tommy Taylor, and Tom Dewhurst.

Ironlak Strikers – CHEO

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In efforts to help promote the Ironlak Strikers Tri-Grip Twin Markers, British artist CHEO is featured in this time-lapse art video. Muppet-like CHEO gets lost in a daydream, where he sees himself, banging out an awesome, colorful illustration of two pen-wielding, tough-looking sharks. It’s fun and inspiring to watch a talented artist get busy and create really cool art, so check it out below, if you haven’t already seen it.

Vida Killz – “Untitled” video

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On World Prevention Suicide Day (September 10th), San Jose-based emcee Vida Killz dropped a music video that she had been working on for a long time. Over the course of several months, she had been collecting photos from anyone on the internet who wanted to participate, asking people to write positive words of encouragement or a special message to a loved one, and then to email it in to her. She printed several of the photos and shared them in the self-directed video to her very personal song, “Untitled“.